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Old Dec 29, 2006, 10:16 PM   #1
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Hi,
Please forgive me if this question has already been posted. I am considering to buy the Nikon D80. I was wondering what others thoughts were about which lens out of these two would be better for me.

I am considering the Nikon 18-135mm DX lens (kit lens) and also the Nikon 18-70mm DX lens.

I mainly shoot landscapes. Some indoor shots. I would like to start getting into portrait, but not right away. Which lens would be better and why.

Thanks so much!
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Old Dec 30, 2006, 8:45 AM   #2
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The 18-70 is a bit better optically especially in terms of CA and distortion. The 18-135 is still quite sharp and with a nice versatile focal range. However, it's not Vr, and will require very good technique and shot discipline to get good results at the longer focal lengths. I use the 18-135 more, and am quite happy with it for everyday use, although I try to avoid the extremes.
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Old Jan 1, 2007, 3:30 PM   #3
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Thanks for the reply. I was wondering if there was any website or something with galleries of pictures taken w/ Nikon d80 and 18-70mm.

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peafro wrote:
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Thanks for the reply. I was wondering if there was any website or something with galleries of pictures taken w/ Nikon d80 and 18-70mm.

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You can check pbase for pics that others took with certain lenses. The thing is, most pics taken with 18-70 will probably be with D70/D70s:

http://www.pbase.com/cameras/nikon/1...5g_edif_afs_dx

http://www.pbase.com/cameras/nikon/a...5_35_56g_if_ed


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Old Jan 2, 2007, 10:05 AM   #5
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Thanks for the reply rey, those links were great! Thanks alot. I think I will probably stick to getting D80 and the 18-135mm for now and then start saving up for the 18-200VR!!

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Old Jan 2, 2007, 12:02 PM   #6
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If you don't mind changing lenses, consider the 70-300 VR. With the overlap in focal lengths between 70mm and 135mm, most photo outings would likey require only one of the two lenses in most cases.

While you would not have VR from 18mm to 70mm, you do gain a wider range of focal lengths (albeit spread between two lenses) and save some money besides.

Just a thought.

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Old Jan 5, 2007, 3:50 PM   #7
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BILLP2R,
that 70-300 VR lens looks great...but a little too expensive for this point in time.

I have another question: on a D80, which would be better, the Sigma 55-200mm or the Tamron 55-200mm.

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I have a D80 with the 18-135mm lens. If I could go back, I'd buy the smaller lens, as I just coughed up big $ for the 70-300 VR and now have overlap from 70-135mm. That way I'd have a small and light lens for "normal" photos and the bigger zoom for above. It makes carrying a load of gear more sensible. The 18-135 seems a good lens, but I'm too shaky to use it well at the high end (no VR). I wonder if the smaller lens allows closer close ups (!) than the 18-135, which would be a bonus.



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